More Men's Health Problems--Solved!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Men's Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

men's healthLet's face it. As men there are some issues we'd rather not discuss. In Wednesday's blog post I addressed several of the questions that might be on your mind. Today, as promised, I'm going to answer a few more.

I used to sleep like a log. Now I go to the bathroom several times a night.

Frequent nighttime urination is a classic symptom of aging for many men. This common problem is caused by an age-related increase in the activity of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into dihydr
otestosterone (DHT), fueling prostate growth.

So what can you do to help keep prostate size in check? The best therapy by far is supplementation with the herbs saw palmetto (320 mg) and pygeum (100-200 mg). Both have measurable effects on symptoms such as nighttime need to urinate, frequency of urination, urinary flow, and residual urine. Younger men may halve these doses as a preventive measure and increase as age progresses and symptoms warrant.

Other supplements that benefit the prostate include lycopene, zinc, and stinging nettle. (These supplements can be found in health food stores. Some of them are also included in my Prostate Health formula.)

What can I do to get rid of athlete’s foot and jock itch?

These common conditions are caused by fungus, which thrives in moist, warm, dark places. Keeping these areas clean, dry, and aired (when you can) especially during the summer months, will go a long way toward discouraging the growth of the fungus.

You can protect yourself by using powders such as Gold Bond or cornstarch. If you do get an infection, I suggest trying tea tree oil. Dilute a few drops in a little water and dab on the affected area. (You may apply it full strength, but test it on a small area first, as some people are allergic.) Another option is apple cider vinegar; simply apply generously with a cotton ball.

For more aggressive infections, an antifungal cream or gel may be required. Most over-the-counter antifungals contain an active ingredient such as miconazole, clotrimazole, or econazole, and some include hydrocortisone to relieve itching. Look for these products in health food or drug stores.

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